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Deadman's Curve (1978)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 3 February 1978
On Jan and Dean's rise to the top of the music industry, a horrible car accident leaves Jan Berry incapacitated and their dreams shattered. With the help of Dean and others, Jan slowly ... See full summary »


Richard Compton


Paul Morantz (story based on his magazine article in Rolling Stone), Dalene Young (teleplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Jan Berry
Bruce Davison ... Dean Torrence
Pamela Bellwood ... Annie
Dick Clark ... Self
Wolfman Jack ... The Jackal
Floy Dean Floy Dean ... Dr. Vivian Sheehan
Denise DuBarry ... Susan (as Denise Du Barry)
Priscilla Cory ... Linda
Anne-Marie Martin ... Nancy (as Eddie Benton)
Kelly Ward ... Billy
Noah Keen ... Jim Arlett
June Dayton ... Clara Berry
Vicki McLean Vicki McLean ... Caroline
Inga Neilsen ... Kathy
Charles Pitt Charles Pitt ... Soldier


On Jan and Dean's rise to the top of the music industry, a horrible car accident leaves Jan Berry incapacitated and their dreams shattered. With the help of Dean and others, Jan slowly recovers, learning again to walk and talk. A comeback to the music industry seems impossible, but Jan's willingness to try and with Dean the duo aim for another chance.

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California in the early 60s. Fast living and instant fame until the music stopped at... See more »


Biography | Drama


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Did You Know?


At 37:50, Wolfman Jack introduces himself to Jan and Dean in a small town as "Bob Smith", manager and The Jackal at the local radio station. Wolfman Jack's real name is Robert Weston Smith. See more »


The first song they recorded was "Jenny Lee", and while Dean is in the Army Reserves the radio announcer announces the artist as Jan Berry, rather than Jan & Arnie. See more »


Jan Berry: I want to sing about what it feels like to drive 150 miles per hour.
[Visionary pause]
Jan Berry: We'll have a sound for summer. The surf, the girls, the cars, and at the center of it - at the center of it, the music of Jan and Dean.
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Featured in Behind the Music: Jan and Dean (1998) See more »


Dead Man's Curve
Written by Jan Berry and Brian Wilson and Roger Christian and Artie Kornfeld
Performed by Jan Berry and Dean Torrence
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Excellent Bio of Jan and Dean
9 March 2006 | by vtcavuotoSee all my reviews

This is the true story of pop stars Jan Berry and Dean Torrence-Jan and Dean. I never heard of them until this movie came out in 1978. It shattered all movie-of-the-week films up to that time. After seeing this, I bought all the albums available and was lucky enough to see them live 3-4 times between 1980-1985. I received their autographs shortly before Jan's passing in 2004. Richard Hatch played an outstanding role as Jan. His portrayal as Jan after his accident is remarkable. Bruce Davison as Dean is equally as good. He resembles him quite a bit. Richard Hatch and Bruce Davison actually sang "Barbara Ann" for the movie soundtrack! This movie has all the great Jan and Dean songs. This is one of the best biography movies about rock stars ever.

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Release Date:

3 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hal√°lkanyar See more »

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1.33 : 1
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